This one is for the ladies (not forgetting those lovely gents out there who are partial to wearing a pair of “killer-heels”!)

Yes…. High Heels make you taller, they can make an outfit, and can make you feel (and look!) sexy but there are also damaging effects to our feet all in the name of fashion!

Stilettos change our body stance, making our calf muscles more pronounced, and forcing our bums and chest out – it’s nearly as if high heels force us into better posture … and good posture is always sexy.

BUT…….

‘Killer’ heels is an apt description for shoes that can cause many an everyday foot injury.  Here are a few conditions that can be caused by a girls need for a pretty pair of pumps!

  • Metatarsalgia: Pain under the toes, especially around the 4th toe.
  • Hallux Valgus or “Bunions” as our fellow more ‘life experienced’ ladies would call it!
  • Hallux Rigidus: Lack of mobility in the big toe.
  • Flat Foot (Pes Planus): Pain or discomfort  under the arch of the foot or near the joints of the toes.
  • Plantar Fascitis: Inflammatory condition of the sole of the foot.
  • Weak ‘Stirrup’ Muscles: These Muscles support the ankle, foot and arches.
  • Shortened calf muscles: Basically your calf muscles get used to not extending fully therefore walking in bare feet or flat shoes can become painful.

Don’t get me wrong, I myself am a sucker for a pair of  stunning stilts, I’ll not begin lecturing you ladies on the hazzards of wearing heels!  But I will make suggestions on how to maintain healthy feet so as not to compromise the call of  those designer shoes you “just have to have”!

1) Try to find the most comfortable high heels.

2) Make sure they fit well, and never wear a heel over about 4 inches. Because let’s face it, no matter how pretty or sexy the shoes are, nobody looks good teetering on a pair of ill-fitting stilettos that they can barely walk in.

3) Mix up your shoe collection. Try not to wear heels for long periods of time especially if you are in a job where you may be standing for most of the day.

4) If you find your feet are beginning to hurt more often than you like, then use ice therapy on the site of pain and take a break from ill-fitting shoes for a few days.

5) Seek professional advice if this persists.  A good deep tissue massage or ultra sound treatment for inflammation should help with the pain.

REMEMBER….

High Heels Wreak Havoc on Our Bodies
In addition to making your feet sore, wearing very high heels too often or for too long can cause knee and back pain, as well as a host of other foot problems.  Even our necks can be a target for pain relating to footwear!

We may love them, but if high heels were as comfortable as many of us claim, we’d be lounging around in our PJs and evening shoes!

Feet are so important that it is worthwhile looking after them. Wear good, well fitting shoes, and if you have pain in your feet, ankles or legs it is a good idea to see your trusty Physical Therapist! (ME!) Some people can have problems with ankles turning in or get painful heels. These conditions can all be treated.

So it’s the season of the Sex and the City sequel!  Kick up your heels and enjoy, but remember, keep your feet sweet and they will carry you!

Take care of yourselves

Lorraine